Our Goal: $15,000
The first $5,000 will be matched dollar for dollar thank to the generous pledge from an anonymous donor.
Nuestras Raíces is a grassroots urban agriculture organization based in Holyoke, MA. Our mission is to create healthy environments, celebrate “agri-culture,” harness our collective energy, and to advance our vision of a just and sustainable future.
Nuestras Raíces inspires the community to keep moving forward with their learning experiences. Our vision is to educate individuals and strengthen their knowledge for a more just and sustainable community while using the essentials resources of sustainability. Access to healthy and fresh food is at the heart of our organization. Therefore, we provide workshops on urban farming and gardening, nutrition, culinary arts, leadership training for youth and adults, land conservation, and food justice advocacy.
Donations will directly benefit three core components of our programming. Your support will:
Connect People with Land
By connecting people with the land, we create opportunities for community members to have access to the land by having a space at a community garden or by renting a bigger for a commercial growing at the farm. Today, Nuestras Raíces coordinates and maintains a network of 14 community gardens in general - including the gardens of the Holyoke Educational System, and community partners - with over 600 family members and operates a 30-acre urban farm that focuses on urban agriculture, economic development, and creating food systems change.
The New Farmers Training Program covers the whole growing season. This will help individuals understand the whole process of an agricultural business; from seed to the market.
Our youth leaders have opportunities to enroll in urban agriculture summer programs, apply for employment opportunities, and participate in classroom food justice and gardening programming.
Personal & Business Finance this program provides financial classes where individuals or small business owners have the opportunity to advance their knowledge on finances.
Advocating for Food Justice
Nuestras Raíces is committed to community advocacy work and driving local, regional, and national food and agriculture policy change. We build reciprocal and respectful partnerships with health agencies, businesses, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and lawmakers in order to amplify the voice of our community and influence policy across multiple scales.